Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot chocolate cupcakes taste just like the wintery drink. Made with cocoa and topped with mini marshmallows, these homemade cupcakes are the perfect winter dessert!

Hot chocolate cupcakes with cocoa frosting and mini marshmallows

It’s baking season and I’ve been brainstorming some wintery desserts. Haley here from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen and today I’m sharing my recipe for hot chocolate cupcakes.

Hot chocolate cupcakes with cocoa frosting and mini marshmallows

To make hot chocolate cupcakes

In my opinion, nothing beats a mug of hot chocolate on a cold wintry day. Just picture the snow falling down and you’re all curled up inside with a hot beverage.

Now imagine that chocolatey drink in the form of a cupcake. Yes, this cupcake tastes just like hot chocolate. Not only does the recipe use hot cocoa mix in the frosting, but it also calls for marshmallows on top! These chocolate cupcakes are moist and full of chocolatey flavor. I did a few rounds of recipe testing (and tasting) to make sure they were absolutely perfect.

How cute do they look?

Hot chocolate cupcakes with cocoa frosting and mini marshmallows

A few notes on the recipe… it yields 14 cupcakes. And when I say 14, I mean 14. I tried divvying up the batter into one cupcake tin (12 cupcakes), but when they rose, they were too full and got stuck to the pan.

So take the time to fill the extra 2 cupcake liners. It will result in the perfect amount of batter for each cupcake.

As for the frosting, it is unbelievably delicious, but it is also slightly thinner than you’re typical buttercream. Don’t worry! It still sits on top of the cupcake perfectly. I suggest storing the cupcakes in the refrigerator since the frosting uses heavy cream.

Hot chocolate cupcakes with cocoa frosting and mini marshmallows

Now that I’ve thoroughly given you the rundown on these hot chocolate cupcakes, you have to give this hot chocolate cupcakes recipe a try!

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Hot chocolate cupcakes with cocoa frosting and mini marshmallows

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 14 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Hot chocolate cupcakes taste just like the wintery drink. Made with cocoa and topped with mini marshmallows, these cupcakes are the perfect winter dessert!
4.65 from 17 votes


For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup dry hot chocolate mix , (no marshmallows)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter,, room temperature
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Place paper liners in a cupcake tin (this recipe makes 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract until combined. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter. Start with one third of the dry ingredients, stir a few strokes. Add half the buttermilk, stir. Repeat. Add remaining flour mixture and stir just until combined. Be careful not to over mix. The batter will be somewhat thin.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cupcake tin. Fill each paper liner halfway full (avoid overfilling and use 14 liners). Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting

To make the frosting:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the hot cocoa mix and heavy cream. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until warm. Remove from heat and cool for 20 minutes (or until at room temperature).
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined, about 1 minute. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in hot cocoa mixture. Once combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute. If you’d like a thicker frosting, add more confectioners’ sugar.
  • Transfer frosting to a pastry bag fitted with desired tip (I used a large round Wilton 1 A). Pipe frosting on to cupcakes and garnish with mini marshmallows.


  • Store cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve at room temperature.


Calories: 364kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 2.8g, Fat: 18.7g, Saturated Fat: 11.8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3.7g, Cholesterol: 162mg, Sodium: 162mg, Potassium: 86.4mg, Fiber: 1.1g, Sugar: 41.2g, Vitamin A: 500IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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17 comments on “Hot Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. When I read about this I want to try this can I use chocolate mix in the cupcakes? To make taste like hot chocolate . With the unsweetened cocoa? 

    • Hi, Kimberly! Most of the hot cocoa flavor comes from the frosting which has hot cocoa mix. You can replace some of the unsweetened cocoa with the hot chocolate mix in the cupcake batter, but I can’t guarantee results because different brands use different ingredients in their hot chocolate mix and it might not bake the same as regular unsweetened cocoa. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

  2. Wow! This recipe worked so well for me! It was also very fun to make! On the last few cupcakes I was running low on icing, but I improvised! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. Wow! These were very fun to make! They turned out absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. these were HORRIBLE!!! mine turned out like gelatin. and I followed the recipe as told. and its not cook time either, I ended up cooking them 6 minutes longer and there was no difference in texture.

    • I am SO sorry to hear that these didn’t work out for you. They should not be a gelatin texture and none of the ingredients would make them be like that. Did they not bake in the middle? I’d love to help troubleshoot.

  5. I am so excited to try this! Could I possibly just use a chocolate cake mix? Or will that take away from the hot chocolate flavor? 

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